News Releases

Updated: Sep 20, 2020

Sunrise Academy will reopen on Monday, August 31st, 2020. Virtual orientations will be held in the week prior to reopening. In order to accommodate the needs of our learning community, we are planning to offer two learning options for the Fall of 2020:

Option A: Traditional Instruction

Option B: Flexible Instruction

Traditional Instruction (Option A)

We believe that the school environment provides important benefits to students that cannot be fully replicated virtually. The school has taken extensive measures to ensure that the school building is prepared for reopening in the Fall 2020 in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. We have renovated most of our bathrooms, replaced many water fountains, and installed mobile hand sanitizer stations throughout the building. School assemblies will be held outside, students will receive a daily temperature check, school personnel will wear face-masks, and the school will follow CDC and State of Florida (“the State”) guidelines regarding social distancing where possible.

Traditional instruction will continue unless the school is required by the State to move to full virtual school.

Flexible Instruction (Option B)

The school acknowledges the health concerns that many families have regarding COVID-19. For families that are reluctant to send their children back to school in the Fall of 2020, we are working with the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) to offer an alternative virtual option that we refer to as “Flexible Instruction.” This option is not the same as virtual school, and instead harnesses the power of audio-video streaming so that students can view and interact with the traditional classroom throughout the school day, five days a week. If approved, we will offer this option for Fall 2020.

If you would like to enroll in Flexible Instruction, please visit > Parent & Students > Flexible Instruction Request.

Flexible Instruction is temporary for Fall 2020, or until otherwise authorized by the FLDOE.

While not ideal for everyone, these options are designed to meet the requirements of FL DOE Order No. 2020-EO-06 while accommodating the circumstances of the majority of families.

Please direct any questions or concerns to the school on (386) 775-7866.

Thank you for your continued partnership towards your child’s success.

Updated: Jul 13, 2020

The state of affairs that our nation finds itself in is a great cause of concern for many Americans. The key to real change is through education. Prejudice comes from ignorance that is passed on generationally, both at home, in schools, and in society at large. We started the conversation on how we can use education for the better in 2019 when we began our journey to become the first Peace Mala Accredited school in the U.S. We received our accreditation in early 2020, though our journey will not stop there. We will continue to teach the shared history of all of our students.

If we are to build a better world, the message of peace must sound the strongest among our children, because they truly are our future.

Onward together,

Mrs. Yahayra Marte, President

Ms. Shellnisha Franklin, Principal

Mr. Levi Connolly, Assistant Principal

Learn more about our Peace Mala Accreditation here.

Updated: Aug 18, 2020

The Coronavirus Pandemic has caused significant disruption to our school schedule. As of today, Sunrise Academy is planning for a reopening of the school campus in the Fall of 2020. However, contingency plans are also being made in the event the school will have to continue virtual schooling. As more information becomes available, we will make adjustments to our events where necessary and communicate those changes to you promptly.

The following changes are effective for the 2020-2021 School Year:

Senior Faculty Changes for 2020-2021 School Year

Ms. Stephanie Conway ("Ms. Stephanie") is appointed as Dean of the Upper School, while Mrs. Halley Whitten-Connolly ("Mrs. Whitten") is appointed Dean of the Lower School. In the Upper School, Ms. Connie Conway will remain as Middle School Team Leader, while Ms. Michelle O'Connor will become High School Team Leader. In the Lower School, Mrs. Tatiana Figueroa will remain as Grade 3-5 Team Leader, while Mrs. Barbara Santos will become Team Leader for Grades K-2.

Changes to K-12 Start & Dismissal Times for 2020-2021 School Year

School will start earlier from August 2020. The new start and dismissal times are as follows:


School Start Time: 8:05 a.m. (Late after 8:10 a.m.)

(Breakfast Time: 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.)


Monday - Thursday: 2:30 p.m.

Fridays: 1:00 p.m. (Early Release)

K-12 School Year 2020-2021 Start Dates (Subject to Change):

Due to the ongoing pandemic, these dates are subject to change.

There will be a staggered start to the 2020-2021 School Year:

August 27th: Orientation/Meet the Teacher K-5th (Virtual)

August 28th: Orientation/Meet the Teacher 6th-12th (Virtual)

August 31st: First Day of School (Virtual & Traditional)

Graduation 2019-2020 Cancellation:

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, our graduation ceremony due to be held in the Center at Deltona in May, has been cancelled. Refund requests can be made here.

Other Event Postponements (Subject to Change):

2019-2020 Back to School Celebration - Cancelled

2019-2020 Student Achievement Awards & Honor Roll - Cancelled

Peace Mala Accreditation Ceremony - Cancelled

Further information regarding the 2020-2021 School Year will be released in due course. Sunrise Academy wishes you all a restful summer. Thank you for your cooperation.